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Miami Science Barge Honors International Coastal Cleanup Day with Brickell & Miami River Event

September 6, 2016 by Sarah Elles Boggs

InternationalCoastalCleanupDay

September 17 marks the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, where volunteers from all over the world gather to contribute to the beautification of their cities. Last year’s cleanup removed more than 18 million pounds of trash from the waterways worldwide. Here in Miami Dade, they collected 17,500 pounds of marine debris from 31 miles of coastline. The cigarette butts, styrofoam containers, plastic bags, plastic bottles, etc are not only unsightly, they are also harmful to our marine life and the marine ecosystem.

If you are so inclined to participate this year, the Miami Science Barge is hosting an event at the Presbyterian Church in Brickell. Volunteers will gather from 9am-12pm to collect debris from the waterways along the Biscayne Bay shoreline as well as the Miami River. A post-cleanup celebration will take place on the Miami Science Barge, which docks at Museum Park. The event is free for all participants of the cleanup, but you must register in advance.

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